This is the moving moment a Chinese mother is reunited with her son after he was abducted 24 years ago.
Li Fang, 52, was moved to tears when she was finally reunited with her son Zhang Yangyang after he was abducted by a human trafficker in the city of Luohe in the Chinese province of Henan on 6th June 1998 when he was four years old.
The pair was reunited thanks to facial recognition and DNA-matching technology.
During the reunion, mother and son held each other for a long time and Zhang told her: “It’s all right now, Mum.”
In June 1998, Li stepped away from the hair salon she managed for around 10 minutes to buy her hungry four-year-old son some noodles.
During that time, a nearby store owner saw a young man using food to tempt the boy away, but thought he was a relative and did not get involved.
Li divorced from her husband one year after their son’s disappearance and searched for him for 24 years on her own.
Her story went viral during the reunion of a father, identified as Sun Haiyang from Hubei Province, and his abducted son in December last year.
In front of the cameras, she started crying and said: “Yangyang, you have now grown up and I have been looking for you since I was 28. I am now 52, and I almost cannot go on any longer. I hope you contact me if you see the information.”
Sun Haiyang then gave photos of Zhang as a child to two anti-abduction police officers he knew, and they contacted Li around two weeks later to tell her they had found her son.
Using facial recognition and DNA-matching technology, Zhang was found working as a labourer in Hainan Province.
According to reports, he was taken to Puning in Guangdong Province when he was first snatched on the street as a boy.
Mother and son are now getting to know each other again after a heartbreaking 24-year separation.